1. Pope Francis released an eagerly anticipated document of his views on family life on Friday and it was kind of a downer. He upheld the Catholic church’s teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman, saying that same-sex marriage isn’t “similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.” But he did say that unconventional unions do indeed form and that they are not without their “constructive elements.” He also said the LGBT community deserves protection from “unjust discrimination.”
2. Not so fast. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was set to honor Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker at a gala dinner but abruptly pulled the invite after learning Baker is speaking at a GOP conference in Las Vegas this weekend. The group says they will celebrate Baker if he avoids the GOP conference and embraces a bill that would protect transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination in malls, restaurants, and other public accommodations.